A continued numbness to mass violence

As I sat down at my laptop tonight I was planning on penning a reactionary piece to my experience at Monday Night Football in Cleveland. My beloved Browns lost in heartbreaking fashion, but an alert flashed across my phone today that halted my anger at Austin Davis being named the team’s starter. Continue reading “A continued numbness to mass violence”

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Something about Sundays

I loathe Roger Goodell, and his until recently tax-exempt league, he is the commissioner of. He is a smart f*cker, though. His ingenious exaggeration of the “Deflategate” saga involving Tom Brady’s suspension dissuaded the media pursuing further discussion of the domestic violence nightmare. For all we know Kraft and Goodell could have had the whole thing planned, the stogies and Woodford Reserve waiting in the league’s office. Continue reading “Something about Sundays”

Twenty Gems from Hunter S. Thompson

Let me start off advising you, Hunter S. Thompson is my idol as a writer (RIP). Thompson was undoubtedly eccentric. The guns, the wild acid trips… He has been described by his ex-wife as a man that could be truly loving and caring, but had a dark side that he was well aware of. I relate to that. I relate to his writing. The American Dream is dead, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was an ingenious book proving his point. A direct quote from the man, “The American Dream really is fucked.” The writer had a different way of viewing life, the wandering mind is the most creative and I believe Thompson possesed said trait. My connection with Thompson is something I cannot quite explain. I relate, like I previously mentioned. I do not believe it is uncommon to possess a dark side to some degree. It is healthy to be aware of it, and Hunter had no issue admitting his problems. If you have not read, or watched anything on Hunter S. Thompson I highly suggest you do so. Just a heads up, there will be a full Hunter S. piece on his contributions to modern journalism. Here are 20 passages/quotes from Thompson that hit home for me as both a person, and aspiring writer (as well as quotes encompassing his attitude toward life): Continue reading “Twenty Gems from Hunter S. Thompson”

Evil, Paris and Perspective

There are some things in life more important than sports. The recent tragic events in Paris have me reminiscing about feelings and thoughts I had as a nine year old regarding such evil acts. I was in second grade at Novi Elementary School in Michigan when the Sept. 11 attacks took place. It was a typical morning, until I began seeing my teachers crying, students being brought home by their parents and an overall feeling of devastation throughout the school halls. Continue reading “Evil, Paris and Perspective”